Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma has missed his first IPL match in over 11 years after having suffered a muscle spasm. The last game before missing out against the Kings XI Punjab on Thursday (April 10, 2019) that Rohit did not play in was against the Chennai Super Kings on May 27, 2008.
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Rohit has been a mainstay in MI’s playing XI ever since he joined the franchise back in 2011. ‘Hitman’ was appointed as the captain of the Mumbai-based franchise in 2012 and in the 2013 season of the tournament led MI to their maiden IPL title. In the same year, Rohit & Co. also completed a grand double when they clinched the Champions League T20 title.
Rohit’s captaincy was put to the test in the IPL 2015 as the Mumbai team won just one of their first six matches and once looked destined to miss out the playoffs. However, the Mumbai Indians then staged a remarkable turnaround and lifted the Trophy for the second time with a convincing win in the final.
Rohit’s injury update
“Rohit Sharma had suffered right leg muscle spasm yesterday during training. Rohit has recovered significantly in past 24 hours. As a precautionary measure, Mumbai Indians management has decided to rest Rohit for one match,” the Mumbai Indians team management revealed in a statement.
The 31-year-old limped out of a practice session on the eve of the game against KXIP and was replaced as captain by Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard. Local batsman Siddhesh Lad made his IPL debut in Rohit’s absence.